Mixed English Questions for Mains Exam — Set 353

Directions(1-5): In the sentence given below, an idiom/phrasal verb has been highlighted in bold. Given below it are five options, out of which you need to find the one which has the same meaning as the idiom/phrasal verb used in the sentence and can successfully replace the idiom/phrasal verb without changing the meaning of the sentence.

  1. Alice is definitely (in a pickle) as she didn’t meet her last month’s sales target.
    frustrated
    stressed
    confused
    in a difficult situation
    joyous
    Option D

     

  2. No matter what time of day it is, she is always (at his beck and call).
    available for him
    fighting with him
    happy with him
    arguing with him
    enjoying with him
    Option A

     

  3. I don’t want to be (at sixes and sevens) with you.
    unhappy
    in a state of uncertainty
    in a fighting mode
    in a state of constant arguments
    in commitment
    Option B

     

  4. I have not looked back on the past since I moved out of my parents’ house because that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
    that is what causes difficulty in moving forward
    that is how a person moves on
    no matter how unfair the situation is, it must be accepted
    it’s better to walk off when things go out of your hands
    It is better to not look back once a decision is made
    Option C

     

  5. He has (broken the mould) with the way he approaches issues in psychology.
    chosen a new field
    invented something new
    become a good organizer
    done things differently than what is expected
    been able to make people speak up
    Option D

     

  6. Directions(6-10):In each of the questions given below, four words are given in bold. These four words may or may not be in their correct position. The sentence is then followed by options with the correct combination of words that should replace each other in order to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct. Find the correct combination of words that replace each other. If the sentence is correct as it is, select ‘E’ as your option.

  7. Gold prices turbulence(A) up on Wednesday, as markets eyed ongoing political and trade inched(B), even though the US decision to delay appetite(C ) on some Chinese goods boosted risk tariffs(D) .
    Only A-B
    Both B-C and A-D
    Only B-D
    Both A-B and C-D
    The sentence is correct
    Option D
    The statement is not correct in its present form and it is clear from first bold word. Therefore, option E can be ruled out easily.
    Now, coming to the given options, if we carry out the interchanging of the pair A-B it gives a partly meaningful statement that means our choice must have A-B.
    So option A and option D have this choice so other options are ruled out.
    If we interchange C-D it makes complete sense along with the A-B

     

  8. The rest of India Inc. is problematic(A) by debt and overstretched(B); consumers are selfdoubt(C ); and so is the government which is paralyzed(D) for the economy.
    Only A-B
    Both B-C and A-D
    Only B-D
    Both A-B and C-D
    The sentence is correct
    Option B
    The statement is not correct in its present form and it is clear from first bold word. Therefore, option E can be ruled out easily. ( should be in problem )
    Now, coming to the given options, if we carry out the interchanging of the pair A-B does not make sense.
    Option A and option D have this choice of interchanging A-B so options A and D are ruled out.
    If we interchange B-C it makes complete sense along with the A-D

     

  9. In today’s world, any discussion or stability(A) across various forums on attracted(B), economic growth or political debate(C ), attention of the world is automatically development(D) towards India.
    Only A-B
    Both B-C and A-D
    Only B-D and A-C
    Both A-B and C-D
    The sentence is correct
    Option C
    The statement is not correct in its present form and it is clear from first bold word as “stability” word cannot be used with the word” discussion” with the conjunction “or”. Therefore, option E can be ruled out easily.
    Now, coming to the given options, if we carry out the interchanging of the pair A-B does not make sense. (Same is the case as the previous explanation as conjunction “or” is used. option A and option D have this choice of interchanging A-B so options A and D are ruled out.
    If we interchange B-C it does not make any sense along with the A-D
    So only option left is interchanging of B-D and A-C.

     

  10. Stock and commodity exchanges(A), currency as well as bond markets(B) are closed on Monday as the country celebrates(C) Eid al-Adha also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice(D)”.
    Only A-D
    Both B-C and A-D
    Only B-D
    Both A-B and C-D
    The sentence is correct
    Option E

     

  11. The surplus exchequer(A) transfer would help the government meet its fiscal(B) deficit target as it will come as a windfall(C) to the capital(D).
    Only A-D
    Both B-C and A-D
    Only B-D
    Both A-B and C-D
    The sentence is correct
    Option A
    The statement is not correct in its present form and it is clear from first bold word as the word “exchequer” means the government department that receives and gives out public money,
    Now, coming to the given options, if we carry out the interchanging of the pair A-D the sentence makes sense so option A and B are the only choices.
    If we interchange B–C the meaning gets distorted so A is the only option.

     

 

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